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July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015 — In an effort to further the commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol, a team of scientists used the Titan supercomputer to model the interaction of lignin and hemicellulose in the plant cell wall ... read more

Charcoaling Manure, Greening Neighborhoods in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

July 1, 2015 — Chesapeake Bay bears a heavy pollution burden from the growing metropolitan centers and vibrant agricultural activity in the watershed. Nitrogen and phosphorus draining from farm fields, livestock ... read more

Seafood Supply Altered by Climate Change

July 1, 2015 — The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, ... read more

Major Midwest Flood Risk Underestimated by as Much as Five Feet, Study Finds

June 30, 2015 — As floodwaters surge along major rivers in the midwestern United States, a new study suggests federal agencies are underestimating historic 100-year flood levels on these rivers by as much as five ... read more

June 30, 2015 — The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage ... read more

Soil Water, Microbes Influence Carbon in World's Coldest Desert, Study Finds

June 29, 2015 — Soil water and microbes' respiration contribute to fluctuations of carbon dioxide in the world's coldest desert, where climate change is expected to increase underground moisture and ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Retreating sea ice in the Iceland and Greenland Seas may be changing the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic Ocean, and could ultimately impact the climate in Europe, says a new ... read more

June 29, 2015 — The amounts of plastic debris in the Mediterranean are comparable to those reported for the great accumulation areas located in the centers of the oceans, a new study has ... read more

June 27, 2015 — An eco-friendly biodegradable green 'herding' agent that can be used to clean up light crude oil spills on water has been developed by researchers. Derived from the plant-based small ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Vast quantities of ocean water circulate through the seafloor, flowing through the volcanic rock of the upper oceanic crust. A new study explains what drives this global process and how the flow is ... read more

Optimizing Shale Gas Production from Well to Wire

June 25, 2015 — A researcher has analyzed the life-cycle of the shale gas supply chain and operations and found that the process systems can be made more environmentally and economically ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Collecting rainwater for vegetable irrigation could reduce water bills, increase caloric intake and even provide a second source of income for people in India, a new study ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Forests worldwide are increasingly used to store carbon as a way to slow climate change, but a new study finds that some wooded areas may be more valuable without trees, allowing the cleared ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Scientists have demonstrated that Earth's daily rotation period (24 hours) is encoded in the KaiC protein at the atomic level, a small, 10 nm-diameter biomolecule expressed in cyanobacterial ... read more

June 25, 2015 — The relentless flow of a glacier may seem unstoppable, but a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and the U.S. has shown that during some calving events -- when an iceberg breaks off into the ... read more

Past Water Patterns Drive Present Wading Bird Numbers

June 25, 2015 — Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study. Previously, existing water conditions were seen as the primary ... read more

June 25, 2015 — When recreational boats are transported overland, they are often accompanied by zebra mussels, attached to the hull. This alien species, which first appeared in Switzerland in 1960, can thus invade ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there's only so much clean water to go around -- and so the effort begins to find a solution. One strategy is to use treated wastewater, ... read more

June 24, 2015 — Glowing corals that display a surprising array of colors have been discovered in the deep water reefs of the Red ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Engineers have demonstrated a bacterial method for the low-cost, environmentally friendly synthesis of aqueous soluble quantum dot nanocrystals at room ... read more

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